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Published on May 15, 2013
Incorporated in 1973, Self Help Graphics & Art is the leading non-profit visual arts center serving the predominantly Latino community of Los Angeles. Self Help Graphics’ mission is to drive the creation of new work by Chicano and Latino artists through fine art printmaking and multiple visual art forms.
Self Help Graphics & Art is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our programs and events are supported in part by our artists, volunteers, and board of directors, as well as by our major donors and collectors. Additional support is provided by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, AltaMed, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bank of America Foundation, California Community Foundation, Camachos Incorporated, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, The Walt Disney Company, Entravision Communications Corporation, The James Irvine Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, First District, Lexus, Milagro Communications Group, the National Endowment for the Arts, Rose Hills Foundation, Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Pasadena Art Allaince, TransAmerica and Weingart Foundation.
Combination of classic stone litho and sharpography.
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I would like to thank Dr. Chon A. Noriega, staff and students at the UCLA Chicano Research Center for the recognition. It is truly an honor coming from an institution that has educated me on the past and present of Chicanos and Mexican-Americans.
If you live in Los Angeles be sure to watch the CSRC exhibition it will be profiled on Telemundo’s ‘Enfoque Los Angeles’ Sunday, May 26, at 11:30 a.m. (Telemundo 52).
Go sit with your abuelita in the sala and watch it with her.
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Ana Serrano - “Salon of Beauty” from Walley Films
Rice University Art Gallery’s current exhibition “Salon of Beauty” features the beautiful handmade work of Los Angeles based Artist Ana Serrano. The film unveils the process required to bring Ana’s previously small scale sculptures to nearly life size inside of Rice Gallery. The completed exhibition is a colorful landscape inspired by South L.A. neighborhoods where small and often overlooked details are playfully mixed together. Learn more about the Artist: AnaSerrano.com. Learn more about the exhibition: RiceGallery.org. Learn more about the filmmakers: WalleyFilms.com
Ana Serrano will be exhibiting at East Los Angeles College, Vincent Price Art Museum’s, Hoy Space for her show titled A Daydreamer’s Street
May 23 to July 26, 2013
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(close up) “Remio, Thor, Oldboy, Boar, Regis, Big Ugly, Chava” 24” x 35.5” Mixed Media on Canvas
Last week surfin’ the inter webs reading one of my favorite blogs, L.A. TACO I came upon the coverage they posted of the opening reception for Sergio Hernandez’s, Good Sport exhibition at AS ISSUED Art+Design Bookstore in Costa Mesa, C.A. The opening reception took place May 11th 2013, I attended the show a few days later. I had been aware of SURGE’s work for some time now but I had not been able to view it in person. The exhibition at AS ISSUED was the opportune time to take a trip to the city of Costa Mesa and view Mr. Hernandez’s art en vivo.
Drawings on Book Covers 8” x 10.5” each
Researching Sergio, I learned he is a graffiti, painter and tattoo artist native to San Diego, California with deep roots in the city of Tijuana, Mexico. I was also informed when at the exhibit SURGE has an association with street duo DABS MYLA. After learning about the DABS MYLA connection, I could picture how well there work would meld together with their use of quirky caricatures and the dynamic use of coloration in their street pieces.
“Books” 5.5” x 8.5” Marker on Paper
The AS ISSUED space is located at The LAB, which is O.C.’s renowned urban “anti-mall”. This had not been my first trip to The LAB, but it had been years since I last visited the location. So many that the AS ISSUED space used to be a Tower Records music store I visited in my good ‘ol D.J. days. It was interesting to see how the topography of the shops at The Lab had morphed since my last visit.
“Good Sport” acrylic on paper 20.5”x26.5”
Entering the Art+Design Bookstore, the first and my favorite piece I saw was Sergio’s titled piece for the exhibition “Good Sport”, in which the artist depicts a stout Mayan warrior with a skull in one hand and a Macuahuitl in the other. After fully basking in the “Good Sport” piece, my attention then turned to Sergio’s collaboration with tattoo artist Tyler James Densley titled “Girl & Skull”, a whimsical vintage tattoo flash inspired artwork. SURGE’s smaller marker and pencil works on paper were also a very entertaining pieces. In the pencil on book page works Sergio depicted images of history, pop culture and tattoo art.
(Detail) collaboration with tattoo artist Tyler James Densley titled “Girl & Skull”
Sergio Hernandez’s artwork fit perfectly at the AS ISSUED Art+Design Bookstore, with many of SURGE’s literature theme pieces being exhibited. From depictions of books as characters to actual drawings on book pages.
Exhibition runs until until June 9th
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Heading to Mexico City…super excited and looking forward to se down time…and the opportunity to work Arturo Negrete at 75 Grados next weekend on some new prints along with Melanie Cervantes.
So excited about this show with Favianna and Ernesto! We’ll be having an artist reception for this show on May 25th from 2pm-5pm at Arte Americas! Address is 1630 Van Ness, Fresno, CA. See ya there!
Writing “thank you” cards. Catalog is a go!! Thank you to everyone for your support.
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Grand Central Art Center- Santa Ana Art Walk, May 2013
On May 4th, 2013 we attended the monthly Santa Ana Art Walk for the opening reception to Divested Interest: Exchange Dialogues with Cog•nate Collective & Ramiro Gomez at the Grand Central Art Center gallery. I was excited to view Mr. Gomez’s artworks exhibited in a gallery setting, as he predominately installs his works in the public urban space.
Ramiro’s appropriations on magazine pages
The exhibit consisted of Ramiro’s appropriations on magazine pages, with a few art photography pieces taken by his partner who documented the artist installations in the streets. Ramiro also had his “Los Olvidados” cardboard piece that was originally erected in Tucson, AZ July, 2012 placed in the gallery.
Image of “Los Olvidados” piece from outside the GCAC gallery
Outside, what lured the art goers into the CSUF governed exhibition space were six cardboard street pieces by the Mexican-American artist. Which instantly caught my attention as I walked towards the GCAC.
Ramiro Gomez Jr. cardboard street pieces in front of Grand Central Art Center for “Divested Interest”
Looks as the art masses were pleased with the Divested Interest: Exchange Dialogues with Cog•nate Collective & Ramiro Gomez exhibition. By the end of the night many of Ramiro’s appropriations on magazine pages had been acquired by collectors. Good show Mr. Gomez.
Photography piece by Mr. Gomez’s partner
Exhibition runs until Sunday, July 14, 2013 with a Closing Reception (TBD)
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And finally finished. 4 am not bad. Still have a few hours for zzzz
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